I have written a self-development book for young girls aged 0-5, for this I require a cover design, with 10 interior illustrations.
The book is similar to a positive affirmation, so I’d prefer the character to be a little girl rather than an animal character. Unless there is evidence that animal characters relate better to children. I have to admit, some of my favourite illustrations are animal characters, such as Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit books. I would love to achieve the same look and feel for my book, with a little girl character.
My target audience is the conscious parent, so the images need to reflect this with a real looking, relatable girl, where my reader can see themselves in the character, not a barbie doll-like characters.
Although the book is for young girls, it will be marketed towards women as the buyer of the book (mother’s, aunties, grandmothers, and close adult friends of the child). The illustrations need to be something that will engage the child, but be attractive to the mother at the same time and be something she would want her daughter looking at and interacting with.
I'd like the book to have a very feminine energy and feel calm and relaxed throughout.
To achieve a feminine energy, I’d love to see soft colours and shading, rather than solid block colours. I'd like to see shades of soft pink, purple and oranges just like a sunset, but still very open to the illustrator own thoughts and ideas around colour choices.
Depending on printing costs, I’d like the book to be a hardcover and have a high-end quality feel, as I would like to market the book as a beautiful gift idea for little girls. And I also need the book illustrations to be suitable for ebook and printable formats.
As i said earlier, Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit are some of my favourite book illustrations and I'd really like to achieve the same classic look with for my book. All up I will need a cover design and 10 full-page interior illustrations for the book.
I am looking for a mix of experience and value